My generation was no different than any other. The 'help' has evolved over the years but the fact remains that our sport is damn hard, the Tour was invented as a 'stunt, and very tough mother f**kers have competed for a century and all looked for advantages. From hopping on trains a 100 years ago to EPO now. No generation was exempt or 'clean'. Not Merckx's, not Hinault's, not LeMond's, not Coppi's, not Gimondi's, not Indurain's, not Anquetil's, not Bartali's, and not mine.Whatever you think of Armstrong as a person, the fact of the matter is that he's right. Cycling is, and always has been, a sport for "tough mother f**kers," looking for any advantage they could find in a "damn hard" sport. It's even true among the higher ranks of amateur cycling, where stories of doping abound (see, e.g., here).
Armstrong should, of course, be held responsible for his doping and for his misconduct towards others (including the Andreus), but he should not be deemed uniquely responsible, or even substantially more
responsible than many, many others, for besmirching the previously pristine reputation of the sport.